Pride of place in Poetry Ireland Review 131, edited by Colette Bryce, is given to two as-yet-unpublished poems from Eavan Boland's final collection, The Historians, along with ‘Remembering Eavan’, Jody Allen Randolph’s poignant tribute to the poet.
The issue also contains new work from Derek Mahon, Leontia Flynn, Harry Clifton, Dairena Ní Chinnéide, and Colm Tóibín, along with the emerging voices of Sree Sen, Nithy Kasa, Audrey Molloy, Padraig Regan, and many others.
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Poem of the week
You are baking cakes
and licking the back of a spoon
like a child with a lolly at a fair.
When I see you place
the spittle glistening spoon
back into the mixture and stir,
I accept I’ll never sleep again
because this is the nightmare
there’s no waking up from.
You itch your nose
on the shoulder of your t-shirtread on